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December 16, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been cleared by doctors to return to full-contact activities after a round of x-rays on Monday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. McCollum has been out of the Blazers line-up since he broke his right index finger in Nov. 17's win against the New Orleans Pelicans. The finger was broken in three places according to McCollum. The Columbian

December 15, 2014 Updates

Joined by Blaze the Trail Cat, Portland Trail Blazer guard Damian Lillard hosted a holiday party at the Ronald McDonald East House on Sunday. 25 families were treated to a catered dinner followed by Lillard presenting gifts to be used in the two Portland area Ronald McDonald Homes. Trail Blazers players are spreading their holiday spirit all over the city of Portland by hosting several special experiences to area youth in December. Oregonian

December 14, 2014 Updates
December 13, 2014 Updates

Sam Smith: Rose complimentary of Lillard: "Always a fun match up. He can shoot the ball way better than I can; no comparison. He’s a great player." Twitter @SamSmithHoops

December 11, 2014 Updates

"We'll see how it goes," McCollum said, when asked if he was on pace to return by the team's original four-week timeline. "I'll continue to stay in shape, like I've been doing, and get up shots and get used to wearing this splint before I jump back into the fire." Based on the Blazers' four-week recovery timeline, McCollum could return next week, when the Blazers host the San Antonio Spurs (Monday) and Milwaukee Bucks (Wednesday) at the Moda Center. Oregonian

December 10, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers, sporting one of the best records in the NBA, are offering tickets on Groupon for the first game after Christmas, Dec. 26 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. "Not a great opponent on a traditionally great date (day after Christmas)," Chris McGowan said via text message Wednesday. "It's selling really well, though." CSNNW.com

Blazers’ big man Robin Lopez has a history of not getting along with opposing teams’ mascots. Those in Houston, Orlando, Toronto and Detroit have all felt Lopez’s wrath, and Tuesday night, Lopez was ready for round two with Hooper of the Pistons. NBCSports.com

So you’d officially be interested in looking at the 1-to-16 system? Chris Bosh: Yeah. Not last year, though. I read an article about that, and I think if that was true, we’d have been going to Portland at some point [before the Finals]. It’d be exciting for the fans, but it’d be brutal on the teams. Grantland

December 9, 2014 Updates

With a step-back, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons, LaMarcus Aldridge netted his 11,333rd point in a Trail Blazers uniform, making him the second-leading scorer in franchise history. The basket moved him past Trail Blazers legend Terry Porter, who had held the No. 2 spot for nearly two decades with 11,330 points. Last season, Aldridge passed both Jerome Kersey (No. 5 with 10,067) and Cliff Robinson (No. 4 with 10,405) on the scoring list. NBA.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge on Monday was named Western Conference Player of the Week, becoming the second Trail Blazers player to earn the award this season. Aldridge averaged 27.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.33 blocks and shot 46 percent from the field, while accumulating three double-doubles over three games, to earn the honor. What's more, the Blazers (16-4) went 3-0 during the week, as Aldridge led them to victories over the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. Oregonian

Aldridge made headlines over the summer when he said he emphatically would re-sign with Portland for the full five years in explaining why he was turning down a short-term contract extension. The Knicks have cap space and a great amount of interest in Aldridge. “I’m not even going to talk about it,’’ Aldridge said. “I went into the season saying I was coming back. I’ll play the season out and go from there.’’ New York Post

Asked by The Post Sunday if he will still listen to teams’ overtures, Aldridge, the three-time All-Star out of Texas, said, “I’m not even going to get into it. It’s something I’ll talk about this summer. Right now it would be a distraction if I talked about it. I don’t want to be a distraction to the team by talking about it.’’ Aldridge has heard the pleas from Knicks fans on the street this weekend and on social media. He has a spectacular mid-range game for a big man and rebounds well. “Of course,’’ Aldridge said about hearing Knicks fans. “Here, on Instagram, everywhere. Fans here are very loyal and talk about coming here. I don’t tell them anything.’’ New York Post

December 7, 2014 Updates

Don’t be surprised if a team such as the Portland Trail Blazers tries to make a bid for Celtics swingman Gerald Wallace and offers some unwanted expiring contracts for Boston’s troubles. Wallace, 32, played parts of two seasons with Portland and enjoyed his stint there. He was seen joking during the Celtics-Blazers game with Portland All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The closer Wallace’s anchor-like contract nears conclusion, the easier it will be to move. Wallace is attractive to a club seeking a veteran leader who can defend in spot minutes. Boston Globe

Perhaps Aldridge will join the Knicks this summer, but more likely he will stay in Portland, just like center Marc Gasol will stay in Memphis. Why would Aldridge or Gasol accept less money to join a franchise with one of the league’s bottom three records? The Post reported Friday the Knicks realize the odds are stacked against them for Gasol. New York Post

The Knicks, whose priority this offseason is signing a big man, can offer just four years to Aldridge, who would be a nice fit in the triangle because of his post-up and mid-range game. Nevertheless, with the new TV contract worth billions, Aldridge could sign for two years and wait for the explosion of the salary cap and max contracts that are expected to take place starting in 2016. The Blazers are off to a 15-4 start — a strong pull for Aldridge to remain comfortable in wanting to remain in Rose City. Aldridge is dazzling, averaging 22.2 points and 9.8 rebounds. New York Post


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